Nearsighted fools

“This I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:17)

How many times have you heard it?

  • “If I had known this was the last time I would ever see her…”
  • “If I knew then what I know now…”
  • “I’d give anything if he could walk through that door…”

We live nearsighted lives. We feel like there will always be time to fix, to remedy, to make right. But sometimes, we are wrong.

Jesus’ disciples were also nearsighted at times. On the night of his betrayal, Jesus told his disciples, “This I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:17). What did they do? They argued about who was the greatest (Luke 22:24). They were nearsighted.

In a matter of hours, Jesus would be crucified. Just weeks after his resurrection, one of them would be dead– a martyr for the faith (Acts 12:1-2). In the coming months, they would face persistent persecution (Acts 8:1).

How silly their petty attitudes and arguments must have seemed to them in retrospect.

We leave unsaid and undone the things that should be said and done because we are nearsighted. We bicker because we assume there will be time, later. Paul called this foolishness, sleepwalking through life (Eph. 5:14-16).

Jesus valued time perfectly. He understood life’s brevity. He lived without regret.

What about us? Will it take a tragedy to get us to slow down? To mend a wound? To love and cherish the people around us?

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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  1. Good article, brother! You are one smart man, because you married one smart, hard working woman. She is a jewel (Proverbs 31). Better thank God for her every day you wake up.

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